The former Neighbours stars who ended up with huge success—including Kylie Minogue and Margot Robbie

Many former Neighbours stars have ended up with huge careers after getting their first shot at stardom in this beloved Australian soap

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There are various former Neighbours stars who kickstarted their career on the beloved Australian soap, while we all know about Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, there are some Aussie stars that featured in the show that you may not remember...

Despite a petition to save 'Neighbours,' it was recently announced that after 37 seasons in the same number of years, the Australian soap will be ending in the summer of 2022.

The show announced on March 3, "We are so sorry to say that after nearly 37 years and almost 9000 episodes broadcast we have to confirm that Neighbours will cease production in the summer. Following the loss of our key broadcast partner in the UK and despite an extensive search for alternative funding, we simply have no option but to rest the show."

Although the show has reached its end, the soap is responsible for launching the many successful careers of the celebrities we know and love today. Here is a run-down of some of the most famous actors who got their start on the soap.

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Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue

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Kylie Minogue famously played Charlene Robinson (also Mitchell) on the Australian soap between 1986 to 1988. Her character famously married Jason Donovan's character Scott Robinson and was one of the main couples that boosted the show's ratings during the first launch of the soap. Kylie ultimately left to pursue what would become a very successful singing career.

Jason Donovan


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Jason Donovan played the character Scott Robinson between 1985 and 1989. Jason appeared in 559 episodes, but his character was originally portrayed in 1985 by the actor Darius Perkins. Like Kylie, one of the central storylines that Jason's character will be remembered most for is his relationship with Charlene.

Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe

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Russell Crowe is another actor who got his start on the Australian soap. New Zealand actor Russell appeared in four episodes of Neighbours in 1987. The Gladiator actor played Kenny Larkin, a minor character and ex-convict who was friends with lead cast member Henry Ramsay.

Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie attends the photo call for Columbia Pictures' 'Peter Rabbit' at The London Hotel on February 2, 2018 in West Hollywood, California

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Margot Robbie also starred in Neighbours as a teenager as she portrayed the character Donna Freedman (also Brown) from 2008 to 2011. Donna was a popular character with fans and her main story arcs focused on her transition from being a teenager to an adult. Her other major storylines focused on her bisexuality and her affair with Andrew Robinson. Margot left the show in 2011 and in 2013 she made her major breakthrough in the film, The Wolf of Wall Street.

Liam Hemsworth

Liam Hemsworth

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Liam Hemsworth also appeared in Neighbours as Josh Taylor from 2007 to 2008. The character's main storyline focused on his relationship with Bridget Parker and his introduction portrayed him as a love interest for this character. Liam's recurring character featured in just 24 episodes before Liam left to pursue other projects such as the hit 2010 film, The Last Song.

Natalie Imbruglia

Natalie Imbruglia

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Singer Natalie Imbruglia also starred as Beth Brennan (also Willis) from
1992 to 1994. The character's main arcs focused on her long-term relationship with Brad Willis. Natalie ultimately left the show when she was disappointed by the scripts and choices her character was making. Three years after leaving the soap, Natalie had a huge hit with her chart-topper single Torn.

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